Machine learning-based statistical closure models for turbulent dynamical systems

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We propose a machine learning (ML) non-Markovian closure modelling framework for accurate predictions of statistical responses of turbulent dynamical systems subjected to external forcings. One of the difficulties in this statistical closure problem is the lack of training data, which is a configuration that is not desirable in supervised learning with neural network models. In this study with the 40-dimensional Lorenz-96 model, the shortage of data is due to the stationarity of the statistics beyond the decorrelation time. Thus, the only informative content in the training data is from the short-time transient statistics. We adopt a unified closure framework on various truncation regimes, including and excluding the detailed dynamical equations for the variances. The closure framework employs a Long-Short-Term-Memory architecture to represent the higher-order unresolved statistical feedbacks with a choice of ansatz that accounts for the intrinsic instability yet produces stable long-time predictions. We found that this unified agnostic ML approach performs well under various truncation scenarios. Numerically, it is shown that the ML closure model can accurately predict the long-time statistical responses subjected to various time-dependent external forces that have larger maximum forcing amplitudes and are not in the training dataset. This article is part of the theme issue 'Data-driven prediction in dynamical systems'.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number20210205
JournalPhilosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences
Issue number2229
StatePublished - 2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Mathematics
  • General Engineering
  • General Physics and Astronomy


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